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Our Founder, St. John of God

founder_st_john_of_godJohn Cuidad, who is known today as St. John of God, was born in Portugal in 1495. An only child, he was taken from his family for unknown reasons by the Count of Oropesa at the age of eight. As a young man, John worked as a shepherd and laborer in the Portuguese countryside before moving to Spain and serving as a soldier under the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V.

After his time in the military, John became restless and decided to travel. While he was in North Africa, a Franciscan Friar advised him to return to Spain. John moved to the city of Granada in southern Spain where he opened a bookstall at the Elvira Gate, outside the entrance of the city.

The recent invention of movable type helped John share the word of God at his bookstand. He made a good living selling religious books about the Catholic faith.
Yet despite his comfortable lifestyle, John continued feeling restless. On St. Sebastian’s Day (January 20), John followed a crowd of people going to hear renowned preacher, John of Avila, who is known today as St. John of Avila.

During the sermon, John underwent a major spiritual experience. He approached John of Avila after the sermon, confessed to him and received spiritual counseling. John wanted to atone for his sins, acknowledging that there was no greater sinner than himself.
After his conversion, John temporarily went into a state of insanity. He was seen beating himself and “acting like a madman.” He was taken to the Royal Hospital, a psychiatric facility, where the warden was instructed to provide John with care and a quiet place to rest.
Unfortunately, John’s care was cruel and inadequate. Like other psychiatric patients at the time, he was beaten and stripped naked if he did not comply with his caretakers. He underwent harsh treatments such as being hosed with cold water. At the time it was believed that this would shock patients back to reality.

John learned very quickly that it was better not to rebel against his caretakers but to comply with their requests. After a while, he was given special privileges, which allowed him to walk freely throughout the hospital. He took advantage of these privileges by visiting with other patients. By encouraging, supporting and comforting them, John felt he aided the nurses in providing better care. After a few months, he was considered well enough to be discharged. After his release from the hospital, John prayed to God and the Virgin Mother for guidance. He knew one of his first needs was finding a place to live. He was fortunate to meet John Miguel Abiz de Venegas, a prominent citizen, who allowed John to stay on the front porch of his house.

Written over the house’s entrance was the phrase “the heart commands.” John seriously thought about its meaning and decided to adopt the motto for himself. John felt called to help the poor, sick and homeless. He spent his days traveling the streets of Granada helping those in need, and often taking them to live with him. Unfortunately, John Miguel Abiz de Venegas did not agree with this situation. He encouraged John to find other larger and more appropriate accommodations for the people he was helping.
John searched the city looking for assistance in obtaining his goal. He slowly drew a dedicated circle of followers who realized his sincerity in caring for others in need. He was able to find a larger place to continue his ministry and over time it became a place of refuge for the poor, sick and abandoned to stay and receive care. It is believed that this was the beginning of his ministry as St. John of God.

Daily, John went throughout the city seeking funds for the poor or sick. While many people donated or assisted him whenever possible, often he would share his resources with the people that he met during his travels. Despite his generosity, the number of poor, sick or abandoned people still seemed to grow. With the help of his benefactors and friends, John was able to buy an old convent that allowed him to provide a safe haven for these individuals.

Caring for people that the rest of society had shunned or neglected was both physically and mentally demanding on John. Years of hard work, had eventually taken its toll on John whose health began to decline rapidly. Even in failing health, he still put the needs of others before his own. It wasn’t until the Archbishop of Granada came to see John that things began to change. The Archbishop promised to take care of John’s many debts and continue his mission of caring for others. He then blessed John and told him to prepare for his journey to the Lord. Knowing that the poor and sick would be well cared for by his faithful followers, John became bedridden. When he knew his time had come, John died on March 8, 1550 at the age of 55. He died peacefully kneeling beside his bed with a crucifix in his hand.
John was canonized in 1690 by Pope Alexander VIII. In 1880, Pope Leo XIII declared him the patron saint of the sick and those who care for them. Today his followers are known as the Hospitaller Brothers of St. John of God. The Hospitaller Brothers continue his mission of caring for the poor and sick in 53 countries around the world. The order has also been given the honor of providing medical and dental care for the Pope.

Although it has been more than five centuries since the life of St. John of God, his legacy of showing love and compassion to the less fortunate still continues in our world today.

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June 22, 2017 is the birthday of our Provincial, Brother Justin Howson.  Please remember him in prayer today.
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June 22, 2017 is the birthday of our Provincial, Brother Justin Howson. Please remember him in prayer today.
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Happy Birthday Justin. Sending love and prayers for continued health and well being. Pace e Bene.❤️🙏

Happy Birthday Provincial Justin

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Good Shepherd Centre, a sponsored ministry of the Hospitaller Order of St. John of God Province of the Good Shepherd, celebrated the academic achievements of youth and young moms who received their high school diplomas from an alternative education program.  The program is operated in partnership with the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic School Board.
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Good Shepherd Centre, a sponsored ministry of the Hospitaller Order of St. John of God Province of the Good Shepherd, celebrated the academic achievements of youth and young moms who received their high school diplomas from an alternative education program. The program is operated in partnership with the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic School Board.
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Brother Bill Osmanski

Memorial Service and Viewing
Thursday, June 22, 2017; 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Bank of America Community Room  3rd Floor
Camillus House NCL Campus
1603 NW 7th Avenue
Miami, FL 33136

Funeral Mass
Friday, June 23, 2017 11:00 am
Corpus Christi Catholic Church
3220 NW 7th Avneue
Miami, FL 33127

Brother Bill Osmanski

Memorial Service and Viewing
Thursday, June 22, 2017; 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Bank of America Community Room 3rd Floor
Camillus House NCL Campus
1603 NW 7th Avenue
Miami, FL 33136

Funeral Mass
Friday, June 23, 2017 11:00 am
Corpus Christi Catholic Church
3220 NW 7th Avneue
Miami, FL 33127
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Wish I could be there. Still recovering from foot surgery.

RIP Br. Bill.

RIP, Brother Bill! He was very gentle and kind.....was my superior, when we were stationed together, in Albuquerque, at a small home we had for the Mentally-challenged (Notre Dame on the Rio Grande) I was in my very early twenties I believe it was in 1969-'70. ..those Good, ol' Days!

I loved my uncle! Please let me know when the New Mexico service will be. I am currently in NM until July 5

So sorry for your loss

RIP Brother Bill, it was a true honor to work with you. I'm proud to have known your generous soul.

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Today, we are celebrating Brother Bill's life.

Br. William (Bill) Osmanski was born in Shamokin, Pennsylvania, the middle of three sons. He was a life-long Phillies and Eagles fan, and was the proud uncle to ten nephews and nieces. He would have been 81 this coming December. He was a humble man of God, a friend and cherished co-worker.

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Graduation at Archbishop Damiano School, Westville Grove, NJ with Brother Tom.  
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Graduation at Archbishop Damiano School, Westville Grove, NJ with Brother Tom.
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Remembering our fathers here on earth and those already in heaven.

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Brother Bill Osmanski  RIP
December 12, 1936 - June 16, 2017

Brother Bill Osmanski RIP
December 12, 1936 - June 16, 2017
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My condolences to all the Brothers and the Osmanski Family. Pray for us Bro. Bill. Thanks now.📿

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He's going to be greatly missed by our family.

Brother Bill was such a dear soul; kind, always smiling. He was Christ's hands on earth. Always reaching out to others.

I can hear his laugh in this picture. ❤️.

I will miss my uncle so much. I love this photo of him

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What a wonderful man. May he Rest In Peace.

R.I.P my good brother Bill... thanks a lot for your love, passion, Service, for your friendship, good example to follow Jesus... I'm so Sad. All my prayers to you bro

Descansa en La Paz de nuestro Señor Jesucristo mi hermano y amigo Brother Bill. Tuve la dicha, el honor, el privilegio de conocer, compartir y servirle a este gran ser humano, un Ángel en la tierra y un Santo entre los Santos elegido por Papa Dios. Mi corazón se entristece al saber q la distancia me separa de no poder estar presente en tu funeral, pero estaré a tu lado espiritualmente. Un verdadero Instrumento de Dios, entregó su vida al servicio de los más pobres y necesitados, dio de comer a muchos hambrientos, dio ropa al desnudo, dio amor al necesitado... jamás vi avaricia en el... Un verdadero Líder religioso. No te digo adiós por q se q algún día nos encontraremos y volveremos a reír como lo hacíamos antes.

I love u so much and being u were my godfather. Hurts even more. Rest with God...

I will miss him! It is truly my pleasure to have been of service to Camillus House for over a decade with him. Brother Bill was a kind and generous soul, who exemplified everything hospitality represents.

Would someone post the funeral arrangements? I would like to attend. There's never been a person with such an amazing impact on my life as was Br. Bill. We had the best conversations. He was as real as they come. He loved everyone. I hear his laugh as he told me so many of his hilarious stories. He would often call me the Cincinnati kid and said every time the Phillies played the Reds he would think of me. He loved being a religious and especially Br Mathias. There was no one better at sharing the Gospel through their work than Br. Bill. May angels guide you and bring you into paradise: and may all the martyrs come forth to welcome you home; and may they lead you into the holy city, Jerusalem. May the angel chorus sing to welcome you, and like Lazarus forgotten and poor, you shall have everlasting rest.

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